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FDA, state investigate Darwin’s pet food after illnesses, death

The Food and Drug Administration and the Washington State Department of Agriculture are investigating what FDA describes as a “pattern of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination in raw pet foods manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc.” FDA has received a total of six complaints of illness in animals who were fed the raw pet foods, including… Continue Reading

Eight E. coli cases in Wisconsin county prompt investigation

Local health officials are investigating eight reports of E. coli infections in La Crosse County, WI, according to local media reports. However, neither the city of La Crosse nor the La Crosse County government had any information about the cluster of illnesses on their websites as of Tuesday night. Media in the area, which is… Continue Reading

Washington State Revokes Tofu Company’s License for Unsanitary Practices

The Washington State Department of Agriculture Monday revoked the operating license of a soy food processor after finding repeated health violations at the company’s facility. The firm, Seattle-based Chu Minh Corp., which makes tofu and other soy-based products, can no longer process or distribute food, and has been fined $17,800 in civil penalties, according to… Continue Reading

FDA’s Power to Prosecute

What authority does the agency have in the wake of an outbreak?

More than a year after the deadly Listeria outbreak that stemmed from Jensen Farms’ cantaloupes was first detected, criminal charges have yet to be filed against the company, but the Food and Drug Administration’s website says its outbreak investigation is still open. FDA’s report was last updated on January 8, 2012 with information provided by the Centers… Continue Reading

Rare Salmonella Strain Sickened 8 in British Columbia Last Year

Outbreak study yields lessons about investigation techniques

Salmonella Agbeni — unlike strains such as S. Enteriditis or S. Typhumurium — is rarely responsible for human illness in North America. But in May of last year, this serotype sickened 8 people in British Columbia, causing illnesses that were unusual enough to prompt a special investigation into the outbreak. The resulting study was published… Continue Reading

Officials Tracking Shigella Outbreak in Upstate New York

21 cases confirmed; 13 more probable

Last week health officials announcedthat they were investigating an ongoing Shigella outbreak in New York’s Onondaga County. Since that time, the victim count has risen from 25 to 34. The Onondaga County Health Department said Tuesday that 21 cases have been confirmed and 13 more are probably part of the outbreak as well. Some reports… Continue Reading

South Carolina Investigating 11 Cases of E. Coli Infection

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infection that may include at least 11 cases. According to a news release Friday, at least two of the cases have progressed to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication of E. coli infection that can lead to… Continue Reading